Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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St. Michael's, Geneseo, responds to tragedy

Our community is in mourning following the death of the three young adults who died in a home on Wadsworth Street yesterday. It is impossible to understand what the families of these young people are going through. The loss of a child or grandchild is a grief too much to bear.
 
In the midst of a tragedy like this it is tempting to move quickly to judgment, to point fingers, or try to figure out what could have been done differently. An even greater temptation is in anger to make this about “my” grief, which only exacerbates the problem and is an injustice to the tragic loss of three human lives. Our community is rightly mourning the loss of Kelsey Annese, Matthew Hutchinson and Colin Kingston, and it is time for us to mourn and to do so in a way that does not bring greater hurt to the families and friends involved.
 
Therefore, I am calling the people of Saint Michael’s to prayer: pray for the souls of Kelsey, Matthew, and Colin; pray that God’s peace will come to rest upon their families; pray for their friends; pray for SUNY Geneseo, its students, faculty, and administration; pray for our community.
 
Many in our parish knew well the students who have died, and it seems fitting for Saint Michael’s to offer some sort of memorial service to enable our community to faithfully mourn the deaths of these three individuals, as well as provide a haven for those deeply impacted by this tragedy. Please know that I am working with others to do so and if you have any thoughts about this please contact me immediately.
 
O God, whose property is always to have mercy, and whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: We entrust Kelsey, Matthew and Colin to your never-failing care and love, and ask that you grant them rest in your heavenly kingdom. Deal graciously with their families in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Faithfully yours,

Fr. Daniel+
Rector, Saint Michael's Church